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and all of my colleagues in transportation, doing what we can to make the system work for all of you. so thanks again, all of you. [applause] >> thank you, tom. representing our transit agency to the south, the board member and the redwood city council member, jeff. [applause] >> good morning. on behalf of our board, our organization, and the san mateo county community, i want to thank our federal prison does for their commitment to san mateo county and transportation infrastructure. and to the economic environmental health. the state of good repair grant funding will allow sam trans to update our fleet of buses the latest diesel electric buses that you see. it truly is a win-win-win. for all of us.
ridership it's a better ride. the community enjoys the new fleet of buses. and our organization in taxpayers wind up paying less for fuel and maintenance costs. it is a great win win-win the opportunity for all of us. just as importantly, with this grant, we get to free more bay area jobs. these buses will be built right here in a word, and it is part of the buy american clauses appeared in total, sam trans will be replacing in purchasing 62 new buses. these buses have hundreds of thousands of miles, and having these new brakes, leader buses will be a win for everyone in the community. i would like to thank everyone at the federal level and the regional level. this is a great win for sam ñ and for o. thank you very much.
[applause] >> thank you. our partner to the east, ac transit. my colleague is here for them, elsa ortiz. [applause] >> good morning. as president of the ac transit board of directors and on behalf of my fellow board members, i want to think the federal transit administration and administrator matt millen for showing an understanding of our $7.5 million grant that will help us maintain bus-reliable service. i also want to thank our east bay congressional delegation for always supporting our efforts and for working so hard on our behalf of the securities grant appeared we know that without congresswoman lee to helping our
perpetual fight for fundamental would be much tougher. we need the funding to replace our existing bus fare box system and support equipment. fareboxes are a required element for recording and collecting cash fares on our buses. system failures not only result in lost fare revenues but also costly maintenance, expenses for repair and interruption of service. ac transit will bite fareboxes and equipment for storage as well as equipment to manage the system. replacement will bring our fair system into a state of good repair and enable us to provide our customer with most reliable transit service. a game, thank you, deputy, and to our congressional delegation for your leadership and steadfast support for public transit. we will put this funding to very good use. thank you. [applause]
>> thank you very much. i will end by echoing her last phrase, and i think i can speak on behalf of all the transit agencies. we will absolutely put these dollars to good use. we will spend them efficiently. thank you again for bringing us this good news. to what everybody else for sharing with us. and thank you for coming out. -- thank you to everybody else for sharing with us. [applause]
>> -- and what is left of this parking lot. obviously, i wanted to congratulate out here all the people who have blood in such incredible effort to come up -- who have put in such incredible ever to come up with this master plan. that might -- let me put my personal history on it. when i was introduced as public works director, this was one of the first things i had to pitch in to do. we had severe erosion in the last part of the 2000 decade, and> the sewer pipe was threatened. the ocean was undergoing serious
erosion because of the el nino years. out here and try to figure out. previous efforts were made by different agencies to cause different kinds of revetments across the beach to try to stem that tide. that was my introduction to laura at the time, and i think she was just opening her cafe down there and trying to organize the people who used the beach. of course, my introduction to java beach house coffee shop at the time. so we went through some intense -- ed dpw, and want to thank the staff that continues to be here. mohammed nuru, you have got it now, but i think we have moved a lot of sand already. and what we did in those earlier years, at least to me, was to begin on what we could do to
contribute to a larger picture, and this is what i got introduced to, the germans -- the tremendous diversity of people and activities that are taking place along our ocean with these new -- the zoo across the street, the ocean waters, the dog walkers, the kite gliders. people love walking our national parks. seniors, elders, and a diverse communities. and, of course, people who fish once in awhile, too. we also realized it was a we also realíp30 on as a great highway, infrastructure for our public utilities commission. certainly fantastic in very important transportation infrastructure to get in and out of our wonderful parks. it is a link. and it is our ocean for the
city. it is our touch of the ocean in is such a remarkable part of ours is -- our city. so beautiful. i know our twoté$%v(qñ supervise greatly appreciate that diverse use of this, along with the small businesses and our zoo and everything else. some time ago,ñs wonderful agency of hours -- taked a wonderful agency of hours, spur, to -- we have already known about their leadership for many years. i think today, this is a remarkable results of your leadership and effort and your collaboration with all of the agencies here. rec and park included, national park service. all of the agencies. all of the different groups of users. today, we're announcing that the
master plan has been completed, at least this phase of it, with this representation of the work and a lot of groups and conversation, engagement of communities out here, and the different interests to produce a plan that will suggest to us innovative ideas to go forward with decades more of how we continue the vibrant spirit out here that we call ocean beach. i want to thank ben for your leadership. i want to thank all the people standing here and the agencies they represent. as you look at them and understand who they represent, it is reflective of the
has to be balanced and how much of viewpoints have to be weighed in. this plan here does do that. we are going to take a good deal of time studying it ourselves, understanding it and then placing its ideas and priorities, but in terms of funding and so forth, but we do have to go through our government processes of adoption and review and make sure that the ideas here also meet the various legal requirements that we are obligated to carry forth on behalf of the public. i did want to be out here as a signal of my appreciation for the tremendous effort reflected in the completion of this plant. it is important that we are guided by all the viewpoints and all the research that is done so that not just san francisco, but our partners, can all engage in
the right direction, do the right thing, discuss among ourselves, and then with our federal, state, and local partners as to the funding priorities and the permissions that we have to gain from each other as to the right things to do. of course, i am always reminded that the most important voice is the snowy clover out here. some bird that i learned to respect very completely. but it is my joking way of saying that something that i learned in those early years at dpw -- you get out here and you cannot fight nature. you have to respect it. we had these tremendous issues occurring around the world. we're more sensitive to in now with the climate changes and the weekly news that we see of climate changes, the sea rises, the el nino that occurs that
caused a lot of erosion. in fact, some parts of the beach reseeded some 40 feet as a result of el nino inthn the 200- to a dozen 10 years. y just the responsibility of an agency. one week give ideas on how to protect the nature and how to manage it, we also have to keep in mind that in the long term, there are things that we have to do to respect nature. we cannot keep fighting it. that is also something that, if we have a special attention as well. but we have got graded for a stretcher. we have the zoo that has recovered and is very successful. thousands of kids every year. thanks to tanya in your great leadership there for bringing this institution back to life for all of us. and one of the diverse uses. again, i want to thank spur.
i want to recognize the great effort here and let you know that this work will be appreciated by all the agencies, certainly by me as we prioritize and engage in theaters around what we can do to continue this work and implement the great ideas. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you so much, mr. mayor, for those kind words. my name is benjamin grant. it has been my extraordinary privilege to manage the conversation about ocean beach over the past two years. we're going to hear from quite a number of -- really, a remarkable collection of leaders here who have been involved in the process, which is very exciting. i wanted to mention a few other people who are here, including brian perkins, bill[goo)ru mclan
from surf rider, and the county transportation authority. thank you all very much for being here. thank you, mr. mayor. i went to mention one thing -- as you look in this direction, we chose one location because you're looking at a taste of the future. if you look in the background behind you, you see the results of severe coastal erosion and our intent tos -- attmepts to address that on an emergency basis. ocean beach is the tip of the spear. what is being experienced at ocean beach today is going to be experienced in all coastal communities in the future as climate change and sea level rise sets in. as we continue to do our best to
prevent climate change by changing our patterns of behavior and our patterns with the environment, we have to be preparing to adapt to the climate changes that are already locked in. a great deal of change is coming, and one of the first places that expresses itself is on the coast as sea levels rise. k÷d÷e5eocean beach is very impon itself. but it is also very important because it gives us a view of things to come, and we hope that this process has helped us develop the interagency dialogue and community dialogue that gives us the tools to engage in this kind of climate adaptation planning in the future. so we're very excited that you are all here. this is the second taste of the future that you're seeing which is standing behind me up here. that is the leadership of this city that has been so incredibly receptive and warm and coverage
of in working with us as a process and engaging with the different voices in the community to make the different plan come together. i do not want to take any more of your time because we have a lot of folks to hear from. i want to bring up some folks who have been a credible leaders in the process. first we're going to hear from supervisor carmen chu. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you, ben, and thank you mayor lee for being out here. i wanted to bring the perspective of the district supervisor. here, as you know for ocean beach, much of ocean beaches the backyard of the sunset district. for many of my residence, you cross the street and there you are it ocean beach. for us, what have bishop -- happens at ocean beach is very much a part of what happens to our own homes and neighborhoods. my interest first started to get
peeved because of all the issues we had here. not only the erosion issues, but if you drive along the highway, the road closures that happens, among other things. as a city leader, one of the things we started to recognize is that the real erosion issues were starting to threaten a things like our server infrastructure, among other critical pieces of san francisco's in for a stretcher. so it became pressing for us to pull together a collaboration of individuals to be here. i wanted to speak about how thrilled i am that is a master plan has been completed. we have a long and a vicious road ahead of us for many of the improvements that are envisioned in the plan to go forward. without everybody who is here, we would be missing key components to make this something that could come to reality. not only our city leaders, the mayor, my colleague eric mar that is here, our spirit -- a city departments, our federal
partners, and of course, ben mentioned that we had a representative from congressman jack e. spears office. we need our federal partners to be engaged as well because ocean beach is federal land. i am here to add my voice to support this plan. i think this plan -- this master plan has engaged the public to come together. also, all the stakeholders that are necessary to make this plan something that can be successful and to make sure we are speaking with one voice. thank you for being here, for recognizing the importance of this and for recognizing that ocean beach is not only destroyed four jaleel. it is city and federal resource that is important to us all. 5!óo=l-- is not only an importat jewel. resource that is important to us all. [applause] zio%.]sñ>> thank you. supervisor carmen chu has been part of the steering committee,
and so has our next speaker, supervisor eric mar. >> thank you. and thank you to spur and the mayor and all the departments that have worked so hard on the spirited has been several years, a very inclusive process. i am here to celebrate a product division that represents more than 10 years of work of people putting out ideas of what ocean beach should be. the richmond district stretches from potrero heights to the cliff house, all the way down to linden boulevard. a lot of my residents are talking about the sand management, which is a cooperative effort between the national park service and our city agencies. also, how to reconnect golden gate park to the key treasure that carmen chu mentioned, ocean beach? many of us see that as our backyard. in my district, bonfires and production of sensitive habitat, like the birds that mayor lee
mentioned, but other sensitive habitat that are critical. also maintaining the park connection to ocean beach so we have better access for families. i also wanted to say that the process has been incredibly inclusive with a different stakeholder meetings. numerous community organizations involved. my hope is that this proactive vision with action steps can be a spark for more discussions from neighborhood organizations, not only the surf rider foundation but many residents around ocean beach. my hope is that as we move forward with interagency 6wcyw$lcooperation, which is tht of this master plan, that we look at issues like these and management issues. also, how we create promise not like the area here or connecting golden gate park to the ocean as a great way to build community while having a sustainable future. thank you for being here.
thank you to everyone for working on this master plan. [applause] >> next, we're going to hear from ed harrington, the general manager of the sfpuc. >> good morning. thank you for being here. i will be quick. i wanted to. spur and the folks behind me for the collaboration. a lot of us learned how much their love is for this plays out here and now we need to protect it. supervisor mar mentioned the sand management. you can see a lot of concrete. people do not like that. up the road, there is too much sand, morse and then you can imagine. in the old days, you could walk down on the beach. now you walk straight out onto the beach. we will be moving 100,000 cubic yards of that sand here. there was a meeting on making this work. that is very useful.
our waste water system and our sewer infrastructure is something that is so large, you do not rearrange it quickly easily. if you were on the great highway, our sewer is the entire size of the highway. it is 45 feet wide and 50-feet deep. it is a huge thing. it comes to our pump station and then to the waste water plant. as we talk about changes to the process, it is longtime change. the process recognizes that. we're grateful for folks to learn about what we do and how that change may happen over time. thank you for including us today. [applause] >> thank you so much, and what for your leadership. next, mohammed nuru, acting director of the department of public works. >> thank you. let me join the mayor and supervisors and everyone up here in this great celebration, a
celebrationthat i thing many people worked on. i want to thank spur and ben)2fr his leadership, for bringing us together. we said in many meetings talking about the future of ocean beach in what it should look like. i also want to thank laura for her wisdom. she has been here for many years. this is a great opportunity for all of us to come together. from dpw, frank as lead our efforts. we maintain the great highway on a daily basis. like carmen said, the great highway does get closed about 17 times a year due to stand. i was able to learn a lot from the vision in process, from different ecological methods on how we would plan and sustain ocean beach. good news is that in november,
we did pass proposition become the road and repaving bond. one of the first projects will be paving from slote to point :5u 48t. exercie able to include about 15,000 square feet of additional soft scape. it makes it easier for people crossing from that side of the street to the beach. if you use the great highway, a lot of people are walking across 5t7ñ it is pretty dangerous. we will be able to at least began to implement some of the ideas or some of the things we heard from the vision the process itself. i am also thankful to mayor lee for his 17-point plan. it does encompass many points that he ran on when he ran for
office. most importantly, infrastructure. the project i just spoke about is about $6 million. more importantly, we have a lot of initiatives to make sure we participate in meeting the city's goals for local hire and local contractor participation. i am very excited that this plan is becoming more public, and i'm looking forward to making the western edge of san francisco look more nice and sustainable. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mohammed nuru. excuse me. always acting but now permanent. i will like to express my thanks for the initiative to include the median at north of lincoln, which is a big first step for us for having a physical impact on the landscape that will help with pedestrian safety and
esthetics. next, phil ginsburg, superintendent -- general manager of the department of recreation and parks, and the steward of our amazing collection of open spaces out here. >> thank you. mohammed nuru is a very tough act to follow. i am phil ginsburg, the general manager of the recreation and parks department. we're giving thanks to the mayor and to spur for the leadership and vision to undergo this project. we often have to respond to problems in emergencies of the day. arguably, there are a few out here, but this process has been speaking to the future. the trust for public land, an advocacy organizationñmiñ?!i, jt named san francisco as the number 1 urban park system in the united states of america. it is not just the city in the
county, but our open space system which comprises 70% of all of this city's land, including the national park service in the state park system. it is so exciting to think aboutejjbkt what can be done o. we all look around. all you have to do is to a 360 loop and the word that comes to mind is potential. it is incredible and precious oceanfront open space. and the opportunity to think about how to agree a better accessibility between our beloved golden gate park, our zoo, lake merced, some of the national parkland here, and ocean beach in the great highway is a great opportunity. thinking about new trails from a new recreational amenities that can be out here. and areasustc to highlight some of e incredible special events which already have been out here year-round, it is exciting and fun. i want to thank our partners and
stakeholders and community leaders for engaging. it is rare in government that it works so well. i have all these different partners and stakeholders coming together to think and plan. the recreation department is grateful to be a part of it. thank you. [applause] thank you. >> thank you. next, at risk in committee director of the san francisco municipal transportation agency -- ed reiskin. >> thank you. mohammed nuru after me, when i was public works director, great highway, despite its amazing location, manifested itself as a problem. the roadway was a deteriorating. ltgdh5ñwe were losing an endlese against the sand. then the roadway was literally falling into the ocean during my time at dpw. what this process has done is turn the problem into opportunity. what i see now from the transportation perspective is
that, through this process, san francisco has decided we do not need a four-lane highway separating san francisco from our beautiful oceanfront, and i think that is agreed direction for us to be going as a city. we're going to turn the great highway from being a barrier to the ocean into a way for us to access the ocean, whether on foot, whether on bicycle, a weather coming on muni. we're going to a better access to the ocean, better access to all the facilities and the park space and the zoo. it is a great step forward. i want to thank everybody who has been part of the office -- process, but most of all, the public to give us direction in shaping this vision. i am excited to actually advance the vision in see some of these tough start getting into the ground. thank you very much. [applause] >> thank you very much,